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Second Half Collapse Dooms the Orlando Magic in Phoenix

2014 March 20
by Matt Jensen
Victor Oladipo got the start at PG on Wednesday night, finishing with 14 points and 9 assists but added 6 turnovers and shot just 6-18 from the floor.

Victor Oladipo got the start at PG on Wednesday night, finishing with 14 points and 9 assists but added 6 turnovers and shot just 6-18 from the floor.

The Orlando Magic fell to the Phoenix Suns 109-93 on the second night of a back to back. The Magic stuck around a little longer than last night, waiting until the end of the 3rd quarter to begin their nosedive. Orlando was led in scoring by Tobias Harris with 23 points. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo also scored in double figures, and that was about it for the road team.

Phoenix was paced by Goran Dragic with 18 points. The Suns netted five players in double figures overall.

The Magic played very well considering Jameer Nelson was sitting out due to a sore left knee, and Nik Vucevic was ejected very early with two quick technical fouls.

After a poor performance last night it was a pleasant surprise to see how well the Magic played in that first half.  The score was tied at 52 as the teams went in the locker room, and Im sure everyone that couldn’t find TruTV on their cable system was interested to see if the Magic could avoid another 3rd quarter meltdown.

Orlando came out looking very sharp.  Dewayne Dedmon started the second half at center, which was encouraging to see. I was very pleased with Orlando’s ability to stick with the high flying Suns without Vooch. Then the bottom fell out.

Orlando had about a four minute period with turnovers, sloppy play, and lack of intensity.  Doing that against a team like the Suns is a recipe for disaster. They are a very dangerous team in transition and Orlando handed them far too many transition buckets tonight. Just like that, it was a 27-5 run for Phoenix.

Orlando now has a couple days off to regroup before taking on the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.

Matt Jensen is new to the MBO team and a proud contributing writer. He operates as MBO’s Sr. Sioux Falls Correspondent. Follow him on Twitter here